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good morning, america. this morning, breaking news. california burning. massive wildfires out of control growing overnight now threatening thousands of homes. our team is right there documenting the fight from the ground and from the air. this morning, could a change in the weather turn the tide in this desperate fight? also developing overnight, israel launches air strikes against syria. meantime, president obama issues new threats against the syrian regime. so how far is america willing to go to end syria's bloody civil war? under fire, take a look at this video. a traffic stop turns into a gun battle when a driver pulls out an assault weapon and unloads on police. we're going to tell you how this thing ended. and fast food fight. restaurant chains pulling out
all the stops to get you cheap eats. how low will they go with their menu prices? ♪ i love this feeling on this summer day when you were gone ♪ ♪ i crashed my car into the bridge i watched it burn ♪ i know what i'm doing after the show, taco bell. >> yes. but we do have some new developments this morning in what is still a fast-moving investigation into the boston bombings. we now know the cause of the death of the older brother, tamerlan tsarnaev, as the battle rages this morning over where to bury the body. this as investigators are now focusing more intensely on tamerlan's widow, this woman right here, and we'll tell you why that is coming up. >> yeah, they're especially interested in some phone conversations that they may have had right after the bombing. also this morning, sudden death. a successful doctor mysteriously dies in her home. a large amount of cyanide found in her system. police search the house overnight and were spotted hauling away potential evidence
as stunned neighbors looked on. the question this morning, was this a suicide or foul play? >> big mystery this morning. and on a lighter note in "pop news," if you listen closely, you might hear some whimpering among our female staffers including ginger zee. one of hollywood's most eligible bachelors now discussing the "m" word. we'll tell you what actor leonardo dicaprio thinks about marriage. will he ever walk down the aisle? that's coming up later. but we're going to start this half hour with california burning. the wildfire season starting early and strong. overnight the situation got even worse. firefighters contending with high winds and heat as they attacked walls of flames threatening thousands of homes. abc's clayton sandell is on the front lines in camarillo, california. clayton, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. overnight this fire grew to 28,000 acres, and even though firefighters are getting some help from a change with the weather, they know the battle isn't over. on the front lines this morning an all-out battle to get the upper hand on a fire that in one
day tripled in size. a shift in the weather is bringing cooler but more erratic winds. >> it's swirling around. it comes from every direction. >> reporter: 4,000 homes still threatened. >> all of a sudden our front field caught fire and it was right in front of the house. we put it out with shovels, tractor, used basically whatever we could. >> reporter: k abc reporter john gregory watched as flames raced toward a naval base. >> there's structure protection crews from all over southern california this morning focusing on this training facility trying to protect it from the flames. >> reporter: amazingly no homes have been destroyed thanks to nearly 2,000 firefighters, aircraft and even residents. 18-year-old brittany smalarski was helping evacuate horses when we spotted her using only a bottle of water and her riding boots to stomp a sudden spot fire. the smoke overpowering, but she beats back the flames until the cavalry arrives. >> i've never been that close to a fire, and i've -- wow. that smoke is pretty deadly.
i was trying to protect everything that i can. i don't want my barn to burn up. >> reporter: and right now you can definitely feel the humidity is higher than it was yesterday. it's not supposed to be as dry as hot. yesterdayers it was 96 degrees. a record here. today it'll be 20 degrees cooler. dan, bianna. >> all right, clayton, our thanks to you. there could be relief on the way. a significant shift in the weather. abc meteorologist ginger zee is covering that angle. good morning, ginger. >> good morning to you. they had those record highs up and down southern california. also, unprecedented levels of humidity on the low end, of course, and you could see the smoke from space. look, los angeles right here, camarillo fires on satellite. that is always incredible to see. now the shift in weather, and i promised you it, and here it is, look, the sea breeze comes in, moisture at the lower levels, 72 only san francisco, santa barbara, down to 66. not only is it going to be cooler then, more moist and even some rain tomorrow night through monday. you can expect in camarillo up to a quarter inch.
a quarter to a half inch right there in that dark blue, that includes los angeles, so some good news, but remember, 64% of california still in drought. this is just a band-aid because we have an early fire season that is going to be hot and dry after all that rain. >> that rain so desperately needed. all right. ginger, thank you. we're going to turn now to escalating tensions in the middle east. overnight officials in israel admitting its air force took out a shipment of weapons in syria. we're seeing video just in. meantime, president obama is in central america addressing the united states' involvement in syria's civil war. abc's jim avila is traveling with the president. jim? >> reporter: good morning, bianna. abc news confirmed that israeli warplanes have hit a target inside syria, a target the israelis deem a serious threat. explosions believed to be the bombing aired on rebel television. several smoke plumes from what appears to be streaking rockets fired from israeli warplanes hitting syrian anti-aircraft weapons according to abc news military sources. there's no official comment from
syrian officials or the israelis and no reporting of the strike on syrian state media. here in costa rica where the president is traveling, no comment from the white house referring all questions to the israelis. as tensions rise in the middle east, president obama did tell reporters he's keeping all options open. but he is being careful because of prior mistakes, he says, made by moving too quickly in the middle east, and he is reluctant to send in american troops. >> i do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in syria, american boots on the ground in syria, would not only be good for america, but also would be good for syria. >> reporter: the president also saying he's willing to use every pressure point available against syria. dan and bianna. >> a major challenge facing this administration right now. jim avila traveling with the president. thank you. a lot of other news developing overnight. and for that, as always, it's mr. ron claiborne. good morning, sir. >> good morning, mr. dan harris and bianna golodryga.
good morning, america. we begin with that routine traffic stop that turned into a deadly shootout. police in ohio have released this disturbing dash cam video from back in march showing a man jumping out of his car and opening fire on a pair of police officers firing 37 shots from an assault rifle. the officers fired back killing the man, and they've suffered minor injuries. investigators still don't know why that man did it. and the fate of the sandy hook elementary school is still undecided. a task force in newtown, connecticut, failed to agree on a plan for the school where 26 children and adults were killed back in december. the group is expected to decide last night whether to renovate it, demolish it or build a new school or build a new school in another site. they meet again this coming friday. and rescue workers in the central asian country of kyrgyzstan discovered or recovered the bodies of two american crew members when a u.s. military plane crashed friday. the air force refueling plane went down about 100 miles outside of an air base that supports military operations in afghanistan.
workers are still searching for the remains of the third crew member. and here's something that may make you think twice about checking your bags next time you fly. italian police arrested 29 baggage handlers in rome caught on camera stealing cash, cameras, phones and other valuables from luggage. police installed hidden cameras in airplane cargo holds to catch them. and, finally, take a look at this. it looks like a hollywood stunt but it is not. this is real, and it happened in georgia, a man clinging to the hood of a woman's car for nearly two miles. he jumped onto the car after the woman allegedly hit his wife's suv and then tried to flee. the man ended up jumping off at a red light. police are still searching for that driver. and, you know, it makes you wonder if you saw somebody riding on the hood of a car, would you whip out your smartphone and videotape it or call the cops? >> seems like the thing to do these days. right? >> right. >> grab your phone. >> yeah, videotape it as you drive. >> never-ending content for our newscast. >> exactly. >> good for us. appreciate it. this morning in boston investigators are focusing with
fresh intensity on the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev, katherine russell. this as we're learning the official cause of death for the suspect. his body still sits in a funeral home with no one willing to bury it. abc's gio benitez has been on the story for weeks now and he joins us this morning here on the set with the latest. gio, good morning. >> dan, good morning to you. cemeteries in new jersey, connecticut and massachusetts have already refused to bury the body of the alleged bomber. this as investigators try to figure out if his widow knew about the plan. this morning, cemetery after cemetery is refusing to bury the body of alleged boston bomber tamerlan tsarnaev. the body is at a funeral home in worcester, massachusetts, and many residents are furious. >> my sympathies are not with this terrorist but with the families who are now suffering the loss of limb and life. >> he just bombed us. taking care of him, it's not fair. >> reporter: the funeral director who picked up tsarnaev's body says he's looked
for burial plots in three states. >> what do you mean just leave it? they don't do that in this country. we bury the worst of the worst here. >> reporter: he says tamerlan who was reportedly run over by his brother dzhokhar after a firefight with police died of gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to the head and torso. this as we see what may be the bombmaking factory, tamerlan's apartment. dzhokhar allegedly told investigators that he and his brother built the bombs here. overnight, abc news spoke with the father of one of the students accused of trying to get rid of dzhokhar's laptop and backpack full of fireworks. >> translator: from the beginning, i did not believe and i do not believe right now that my son is guilty. i don't believe it. >> reporter: and what about tamerlan's wife, katherine russell? abc news has learned the female dna found on one of the bombs is not hers. either way the fbi still wants to know what tamerlan may have said to her in a phone call just days after the bombing.
and a lawyer for the widow has said she knew nothing about the bombing plan and was shocked when it happened. meanwhile, dzhokhar has told investigators that his brother was the leader and author of the plan, so still weeks later so many questions. >> so many questions. >> and continuing questions about whether we can believe what dzhokhar is saying, of course. >> absolutely. >> all right, gio, thank you. >> thank you. >> thanks, gio. well, we do have some good news for everyone watching their 401(k)s this morning. stocks surged to a new record friday with the dow breaking 15,000 for the first time ever before closing just below the would-be milestone, but the question this morning, can the economy sustain these new highs? here's abc's rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: what a week for both stocks as well as the economy. first off you have the jobs report. 7.5% unemployment, the lowest level in four years. 165,000 jobs were added to our economy in the month of april. meantime, stocks finished out the week at their highest levels ever.
the dow recently was above 15,000 during friday's trading session. the s&p 500 finished out the week at record highs, and you know what that means, your 401(k) is going to be looking much better this month. it's been about four years since the depths of the great recession, and in that time, stocks have recovered 139%. so if you put $10,000 into the stock market in march of 2009, guess what you would have right now? about $24,000. for those who sat and waited and didn't touch their savings and left it there and let it ride and probably had to look away at times, this worked out. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> nice to get some good financial news this morning. rebecca, thanks to you. it has been described as part political rally, part trade show, part victory lap. tens of thousands of gun enthusiasts descending upon houston for what may be the most watched nra convention ever, the
theme this year, stand and fight. abc's jeff zeleny is in washington this morning. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. you're right, the nra says that its membership is up and the group's leaders are fighting what they call a culture war. but they're coming face to face with some of those families of those newtown shooting victims. >> bless you. >> reporter: this morning, the gun lobby is riding high. >> we are americans, we are proud of it, and we are going to defend our freedom. we promise you. >> reporter: the nra is gathering for the second day of its annual convention, celebrating their latest legislative victory. >> leave our freedoms alone. >> reporter: five months after the newtown massacre re-opened a national debate on guns, not a single new federal gun law has passed. >> you saw what happened to the united states senate a few days ago. [ cheers ] >> this is a fight for the future of freedom. >> reporter: tens of thousands of nra members are here listening to conservative leaders rally their support for the second amendment.
former alaska governor sarah palin accused the white house of playing politics with the families of newtown and other shootings. >> this president flying in grieving parents on air force one, making them backdrops in his perpetual campaign-style press events. >> reporter: overnight family members told abc news they did not feel like props. several stood watch outside the nra convention. >> robert allen penning. >> reporter: reading the names of victims from sandy hook and other shootings. neal heslyn lost his son jesse, a first grader. >> well, i think everybody down deep knows what happened in newtown shouldn't have happened. >> reporter: also keeping the pressure on in the fight for new gun laws is patricia maisch who tackled the gunman in the shooting of congresswoman gabby giffords. >> the nra, the gun manufacturers, the gun lobby are saturated in blood and some of our legislators have blood on their hands. >> reporter: supporters say that public opinion is on their side with as many as eight in ten americans supporting some type of background checks, but then
the politics is another question. top senate aides tell abc news this morning that they plan to bring this gun legislation up again possibly later this month but it's an open question if any votes have changed or the outcome will be any different. dan? >> i'll pick it up, jeff. thank you. this debate is far from over. all right, time now for a check of the weather and back over to ginger. hey, ginger. >> hey, guys. i don't know if you heard but it snowed in arkansas for the first time in may. the snow getting all the headlines, but it's been really stormy in florida too and some of the rains picking up some flooding. let's look at that in jacksonville here, florida, and just south and east they got more than an inch of rain and some places in the southeast for the rest of today going to get quite a bit more than even that. let's look at who gets what. nashville and just east in that 2 to 4-inch pocket just south of bowling green and north and west of atlanta. so that's all the rain, and then we have to talk about that snow. i promised it for you, and we've got some pictures out of springfield, missouri, another place that had record snow in may. all the way up to minnesota
we've been talking about this all week, same system and behind it, cold, record cold this morning in memphis, the coldest they've ever recorded in may, 36 degrees in memphis, 44 this morning in dallas. houston is 47. the cold is going to hold on at least for the weekend and then it'll start to warm up as we get into the workweek. you want more, you go to an unlikely place, seattle, almost 15 degrees above average at 76. portland, 81.
>> record snow made its way to wisconsin too. almost a foot and a half in may and this picture is from ashland. they didn't have a foot and a half. but still it kind of looks pretty. that's what the lady on twitter said so -- and then comparing a place close to where i grew up, holland, michigan, they have a tulip festival, they were in the 70s all week to iowa where their tulip festival, not so nice. a little frosted there. >> can we say with any certainty that there will be no more snow now that we're into may? >> no, we still have flurries this morning in parts of the south. >> unbelievable, we're already in may. all right. ginger, thanks. we're going to turn now to a mystery that has everyone guessing. the sudden death of a doctor found with cyanide in her system but no official cause of death. police combed through the house overnight as neighbors were left wondering what is happening and what role, if any, her husband may have played in her death. abc's tai hernandez is here with that story. hey, tai. >> hey, bianna and dan. she seemed like a woman who had it all, a successful career in medicine, a family, a beautiful home, but now that home, the subject of an intense police search. the home she shared with her
husband and daughter before she died so suddenly. overnight homicide detectives executed a search warrant at the pittsburgh home dr. autumn klein shared with her husband, dr. robert ferrante packing belongings into evidence bags, carrying out three vacuum cleaners and a computer tower, even towing the couple's two cars. this as neighbors still trying to make sense of her sudden death. >> we were stunned. i mean she was young, she was vibrant. she has a young daughter. we were just stunned. >> reporter: police have not confirmed the cause of death and are not calling ferrante a suspect in his wife's death after she collapsed at home in late april and died three days later. an autopsy found high levels of cyanide in her system. >> you could potentially put it on food. you could potentially put it in a capsule. a size of a capsule is enough to kill somebody. >> reporter: this morning, the fbi is assisting pittsburgh police who say suicide still has not been ruled out. but it's a theory klein's parents rejected in a statement
to abc news. "we cannot imagine somebody harming our daughter, but from what we're told, she could not have harmed herself." klein, a prominent neurologist described her work in this educational video produced by the discovery channel. >> preconception counseling is incredibly important to women with epilepsy. >> reporter: helping women survive a pivotal time in their lives. now police trying to piece together why her own life was cut short. in an interesting twist, a private investigation has also been launched into this case. someone hired cyril wecht, a well-known forensic pathologist but wecht would not confirm who hired him. bianna, dan. >> such a mystery. all right, tai, thanks. >> thanks, tai. now to the high security today at the annual run for the roses, the kentucky derby in the wake of the boston marathon bombing. >> that's right. security will be increased to protect an expected crowd of 150,000 people, and it's
not the only major sporting event where police are clamping down in the name of safety. abc's john schriffen is here with that story. >> reporter: this morning, kentucky derby fans are arriving to a noticeably different atmosphere among churchill downs' trademark horses. >> an impossible result here. >> reporter: and wild fashion. race officials say this year the most exciting two minutes in sports will be among the most secure. >> we want to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun time at the track. >> reporter: spectators now have to pay close attention to what's allowed inside. so what's in and what's out? coolers, cans and glass bottles are all a strict no. not to worry, you can still wear your oversized derby hat and bring a camera for the photo finish as long as it doesn't have a detachable lens. the question now, is it working? on thursday, according to the arrest report, a man was able to sneak into millionaire's row at churchill downs without a ticket. the 44-year-old then allegedly sat at a table threatening to shoot people. he was taken into custody. no weapon was found. >> i don't know if i would be
here today if i heard that. >> reporter: the increased security is happening across the sports world. for the nba playoffs in a statement to abc news, the league says safety is always a priority writing "we regularly practice a wide range of state-of-the-art security measures in all of our arenas." and in new york for the long island marathon this weekend, authorities will have radiation detectors and canines along the course to sniff out any potential threats. >> after boston these big events cannot even begin to roll the dice and say, well, maybe we can skimp here or there. they've got to go all in. >> reporter: and one thing they're not taking any chances with at the kentucky derby this morning, bags, large purses and backpacks, both banned. now, former fbi profiler brad garrett says these additional security measures serve two purposes, psychologically they calm the public's fears, just seeing an increased presence. also, it could deter anyone from trying to do harm because, dan, bianna, they'll know you'll have to work harder to do it. >> are they searching the hats, john?
>> that's to be seen. >> always good to throw a question at a correspondent when you have no idea. thanks, appreciate it. coming up on "gma," after four long lurid months the most watched trial in america now in the hands of the jury with jodi arias looking on, the surprising admission her own attorney made to the jurors. also ahead, eating cheap. fast food chains are at war again and customers may be the winners with low menu prices. so where are the best deals? >> we'll tell you. plus, getting the royal treatment. we're going to show you a picture of kate middleton's baby shower. take a close look, though. there's something not quite right with you. and may the force be with you on this "star wars" holiday. ewok look-alikes are taking over the studio. we'll be right back. we'll introduce you to them coming up in the show.
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nine days out of ten i don't like jodi arias. closing arguments from the defense in the jodi arias trial after seemingly endless graphic testimony, the spellbinding murder case, which has gone on for months, is now in the hands of the jury, and there's no shortage of evidence and testimony to consider. good morning, america, i'm bianna golodryga. the day finally arrived. >> it has. i'm dan harris. good morning, everybody. such a wild thing to hear from a defense attorney, nine days out of ten he doesn't even like his client. we're going to talk to a legal expert this morning about whether that was legally wise. this is, by the way, saturday, may 4th. may the 4th be with you. we'll explain why it's such a big holiday for "star wars" geeks. also this morning, food fight. restaurant chains are at war again, and customers may be the winners with low prices on the menus. we'll tell you where to get the best deals coming up here on "gma." >> i like that story.
and as you said, it's a very important day for "star wars" fanatics. those of you who fall into this category probably know why and we're celebrating with our own little ewoks this morning. we'll explain it all coming up in the show. but first we're nearing the end of the sensational four-month jodi arias murder trial with the case in the hands of the jury now. it's the most watched trial in america with some people actually holding parties hooked on every detail. abc's ryan owens has the latest. >> you may go back to the jury room and begin deliberating. >> reporter: with that, eight men and four women began deliberating the fate of admitted killer jodi arias. monday morning those jurors will return to the jury room where they spent just 45 minutes friday afternoon. >> fear, love, sex, lies and dirty little secrets. >> reporter: during his closing argument of the sensational trial, arias' attorney kirk
nurmi made this startling admission. >> it's not even about whether or not you like jodi arias. nine days out of ten i don't like jodi arias, but that doesn't matter. >> reporter: what matters, he told the jury, is that arias is not guilty of first degree murder. >> the simple answer is that he attacked me. i defended myself. >> reporter: during this four-month trial, the 32-year-old has insisted she shot and repeatedly stabbed her ex-boyfriend travis alexander because she had to, that she was a battered woman who finally lost it. >> she simply snapped. if miss arias is guilty of any crime at all, it is the crime of manslaughter. >> reporter: prosecutor juan martinez believes arias deserves the death penalty if convicted. he calls her a stalker who killed her ex in a jealous rage over seeing him with other women then made up abuse allegations
to justify the cold-blooded premeditated murder. >> travis victor alexander was slaughtered by this woman. >> reporter: alexander's family sobbed as he recounted that day in june of 2008. jodi arias simply shut her eyes knowing her fate is now in the hands of 12 people who could ultimately decide if she lives or dies. for "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, phoenix. >> after four long months, it's in the hands of the jury now. so let's get some legal analysis now from rikki klieman who is a criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor. good morning. thanks for coming in. >> thank you, dan. >> i mean, it's just stunning to hear a defense attorney say what this man said in his closing argument. was this wise? >> i think it's okay. i've heard it done before. i once even told a jury not to believe my client, it was okay if they didn't believe my client because if you have a client who has lied, you may just not like her. i don't think it's a bad move.
>> can she -- given everything we've learned about her during the course of the trial, can the jurors really give her a fair hearing? >> well, they may not like her. just like her own lawyer doesn't, but they may be able to assess the evidence, and remember this, this lawyer on the defense side is only looking for one juror to hang this jury or perhaps more jurors to come back with something less than the first degree murder charge. they want to save her life. that's the defense ploy here. they're not looking for an acquittal. >> so let's walk through the options that the jury has right now. >> what we have is obviously not guilty, that's not going to happen. we have first degree murder, which could be a sentence of life or death. but then we have these two lesser includeds, second degree murder, intentional but not planned, intentional but not premeditated, and finally we have manslaughter in the heat of passion. what the defense is trying to argue, which we just saw, is this was a fit of passion, this wasn't something that was well
planned and that that's why they're looking for a lesser verdict. whether or not they'll get it is quite another matter. >> very quickly, do you have a sense of how the jury may come out on this? i know predictions are tough. >> i never make predictions, but i'll make one in this case, she's not walking out of there. >> fair enough. rikki, thank you very much, appreciate it. let's check the overnight headlines with ron claiborne. >> hi again, dan and bianna. good morning, everyone. in the news firefighters battling that massive wildfire in camarillo, california, could get a break from the weather in the form of rain today. the fire exploded on friday crippling 28,000 acres. the blaze has threatened 4,000 homes, but so far none has been destroyed. and overseas about 300 homes were evacuated in belgium this morning after a freight train carrying chemicals derailed sparking this huge fire. people within a half mile of the blast were told to seek shelter elsewhere. at least five people were taken to the hospital. and your summer cookout could be a lot more expensive. this year. beef prices rose to an all-time high on friday because of the
dry spell that has driven up feed prices for cattle. and finally lebron james is about to join some elite company. he'll reportedly be named nba mvp on sunday for the fourth time in his career. james will be the fifth player in nba history to win the award four times. and super sports fan dan harris just slipped me a note saying -- pointing out that the record is six times by kareem abdul-jabbar. thank you for that, dan. >> yeah, i'm the stat man, as you know. >> and a big, big basketball fan. time now for the weather. over to ginger zee. >> baseball and football. that's really where he excels and we'll look for details on dan from that later. get into my passion and that would be tornadoes. they have been so quiet in the u.s. this year but yesterday in italy, look at this amazing video. they had a tornado. they actually rank sixth in the world for number of tornadoes when it comes to density and, again, quiet here but not usually. last year they had 12 in italy. that puts them up there. they did have some injuries, some damage but fortunately no one died. now, we do want to check in on another stormy place.
no tornadoes. but, yes, lots of rain. that's atlanta this morning and lots of rain not only from atlanta but from nashville into parts of central tennessee down into florida and behind it, remember, much cooler weather. 57 for a high, little rock, houston, a little bit warmer at 77, so rainy in the southeast but, boy, has it been nice in the northeast. and that's going to continue for at least one more day. look at the numbers, 67, new york, 67, philadelphia. that high pulls away. we see plenty more sunshine all the way up into maine. that's the big pictu >> this weather report has been brought to you by party city. dan, i'm right there with you. i don't know much about sports. it's okay. >> all right. fair enough. thank you. i feel better now. coming up here on "gma," the extraordinary deals you could find right now at fast food chains and popular restaurants.
our reporter on the front lines of an american food fight. and celebrating "star wars," may the 4th be with you. a special holiday for sci-fi fans, and we have our own ewoks taking over the studio. there they are. you'll meet them coming up next.
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>> the whopper jr. is only -- >> 1.29. >> savings. >> reporter: you can a mcdouble, wendy's chicken nuggets or whopper jr. all for around a buck. the fast food chains are locked in a fierce battle for our wallets that has them practically giving food away. >> there are a tremendous number of competitors battling for market share. >> the new dq 5 buck lunch. >> reporter: the chains use these megadeals to get us through the door hoping some of us will opt for the other items called the barbell strategy. >> typically a clump of menu items thought of at the upper end, so-called premium or higher priced ends, and then you have another cluster of items on the other end, and your hope is that you will trade people up over time. >> new buy one take one. >> reporter: you can expect better deals from sit-down restaurants too. now at the olive garden after you finish your bottomless salad and breadsticks and an entree, your server will send you home with a whole new meal from the buy one take one menu just like the stereotypical italian grandmother. >> when you're here, you're family.
>> reporter: all this for $12.95. it's an excellent deal. i have to say it's an excellent deal because it is. food for the next week or so. ♪ >> but is there such a thing as food that's too cheap? well, industry experts do warn against discounting too much and too long because it can damage a brand's image. but, guys, olive garden says it's its most popular deal ever. it was a ton of food, i can tell you. >> you brought it. >> this right here is what i brought back, and these are the taco bell grillers. >> we want to share. >> we're going to take a quick break so ron and i can crush this taco bell. but coming up here on the broadcast, leonardo dicaprio talking marriage. is one of hollywood's most eligible bachelors finally ready to settle down? "pop news" after a quick break. keep it here. >> i guess he met ginger. [ lane ] do you ever feel like you're growing old
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♪ all right, time for "pop news." our entertainment reporter and host of "on the red carpet" rachel smith out in l.a. this morning. hey, rach. >> hey, guys. how's it going? great to hear your voices this morning. let's dive right into "pop news," shall we? well, leonardo dicaprio is taking a little time off from acting, and, ladies, listen up. he may be ready to leave bachelorhood behind too. "the great gatsby" star isn't close to tying the knot or anything, but he's also not dismissing the idea of finding wedded bliss. when asked about the possibility of marriage, he said, "i'll take it as it comes. we'll see what happens in the future. i take it day by day." okay, so maybe he doesn't exactly sound excited about the idea, but he doesn't sound like george clooney either. of course, he does need to find a girlfriend first. well, the frenzy over married couple will and kate's royal baby is heating up. kate's not expected to have a baby shower, but if she did, it might look like this. check it out. this is her shower imagined by
photographer ellison jackson who specializes in spoof photos of the royal family. now, this picture is not a product of digital magic, those are actually look-alikes for the duchess, the queen, pippa and camilla. the resemblance is unbelievable. and one nice little touch to point out there, that onesie that she's holding on to there says "born to rule." nice work, your majesty. if you've taken a look at the old calendar today, you'll notice it's may 4th. so what, you say. well, guys, think about it. as in may the 4th be with you. today is sort of like christmas for "star wars" fanatics. hard to believe that the first organized "star wars" day started just two years ago. now, there are events all over the world to celebrate the trilogy. and if i'm not mistaken, dan, you have a celebration going on back in the studio. is that right? >> everybody got a dog but me but these are from the aspca. and these are the -- these dogs, by the way, are all up for adoption nominated as the best
wookie look-alikes and ewok look-alikes that they could find. >> i agree. >> this one definitely. >> this is gracie. >> yes, you do. >> i love little gracie. i love all of them. they are adorable. what a great way to celebrate "star wars" day. right? >> ron is going to take all three of them home, right? >> i wish i could. i love dogs. hey, buddy. >> are you, ron? >> thank you to aspca for bringing them in and our thanks to rachel smith out in l.a. rachel, we'll see you later, and we'll be right back. back. in a sunshine state of mind?
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breaking news, one of our co-workers in the dmc in our edit area is actually interested in adopting one of these. >> give it up for jamie. >> jamie. >> the names are -- >> lola. >> lola. >> gracie. >> gracie and sunny. they're all up for adoptions and
they are all fresh off intergalactic battles of one variety or another. you can go to if you want to adopt these dogs or dogs in your area. >> that's right. well, thank you for watching abc news, we're always online at on yahoo! and make sure to watch "world news with david muir" later on this evening. we're going to go play with these dogses. hi, puppy. good morning, i'm katie marzullo. berkeley officials are making a move to stop the sale of the historic post office. they have approved the sale of the downtown office as part of series to cut back costs. nearly 3500 post offices across the u.s. has been slated for
closure or sale. >> 160 new walmart jobs are coming to the east bay. they are opening a new neighborhood market in july and another in vallejo sometime this summer. temporary hiring centers have opened up near each location for full and part time positions. pleasanton store has a hiring center on santa rita road. vallejo is sonoma boulevard and hiring center is set up across the street. walmart also plans to open two more stores in vacaville. let's get a look at your forecast. here is lisa argen. >> good morning to you. the picture tells the story. hazy from sutro camera. we got 50s in santa rosa. here is the high fire danger. reason being, north winds, bringing the temperature up already to 76 degrees in fairfield. temperature just picked up to 71 degrees in napa. higher elevations north bay,
gusty winds to 3:00. elsewhere around the bay, nice and mild but temperatures will not make it into the 90s today. in fact we're looking at high temperatures in warmest inland east bay in mid to upper 80s in antioch. 77 in oakland. look for upper 70s if san mateo and the fog moving up from the south. we've got foggy conditions in half moon bay. 63 and look at some rain perhaps coming your way and seven-day outlook. next. we continue to monitor a major wildfire in southern california and updated containment number and firefighters battling battling flames. and where authorit
>> katie: good morning, it's 8:00 on this saturday morning. i'm katie marzullo. >> let's start off with a quick first look at the weather. >> conditions will be changing. right now we have fire danger in the north bay and in fact, north winds are gusty. well active humidity is low. right through 3:00 this afternoon, there is red flag warning for high fire danger for the upper elevations. do be careful if you are doing any bike riding. contrasting that we have